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- Define each job clearly. Be sure each officer understands what is expected of her. Watch out for overlapping duties. Clarify the roles of “co” officers.
- Communicate regularly. Keep the group up to date on PTO matters. Use an agenda for executive board meetings.
- Make decisions as a group. Don’t leave any officers out of key decisions.
- Delegate meaningful tasks. Use the time and talents of your fellow officers to share meaty PTO work.
- Include the principal. A PTO cannot be successful if it is cut off from the school.
- Be the leader. Make the tough decisions when necessary. Accept responsibility. Nurture new leaders. Think long term. Keep your PTO’s mission in mind.
- Say thank you—to your fellow officers, school staff, volunteers, and members.